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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr WARD (East Sydney) .- I should like to know what attitude the Minister for Supply and Development (Mr. Casey) is adopting in regard to this discussion. If he continues to ignore requests for information made by honorable members, then it is only to be assumed that the Government itself knows that there are certain limitations on its powers with respect to its alleged desire to examine the books,. &c, of private manufacturers and, therefore, it is not sincere and genuinein its expressed desire to limit. profits. It is well known that, in the past, private manufacturers have successfully challenged the powers df the Commonwealth Government to ascertain by means of royal commissions the profits made on various undertakings. If the Minister is to be honest with this committee, he should tell honorable members exactly what powers the Government would possess under this legislation. I feel that honorable members of the Opposition should press the Government for this important information, so that they may ascertain whether or not the Government could be clothed with sufficient authority to introduce a scheme which could permit of the strict supervision and regulation of profits. For that reason, I repeat the request which I have made for information.

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